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Robotic surgery is one of the latest advances in esophageal cancer treatment. At Moffitt Cancer Center, several common procedures, including transthoracic (Ivor Lewis) and transhiatal esophagectomies, are performed with the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System.

The robotic technologies of the da Vinci Surgical System allow surgeons to operate with a high level of precision, translating a surgeon’s real-time movements into smaller, more exact motions. And, the incorporated 3D visualization system makes it possible for a surgeon to have a clearer, more in-depth view of the surgical site, which facilitates a high level of hand-eye coordination. As a result, robotic surgery can offer a number of benefits over traditional esophageal surgery, including:

  • Less pain
  • A reduced likelihood of infection
  • Fewer cardiopulmonary complications
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring

Robotic esophageal surgery at Moffitt is performed by a team of highly experienced surgeons who complete the most complex operations each year in the Southeast of the United States. And, while robotic surgery is the best option for many individuals, our surgeons also specialize in other minimally invasive and traditional techniques, allowing our patients to receive the types of treatment that are most appropriate for their needs. Moffitt’s individualized approach means that we take into consideration a wide range of factors when developing a patient’s treatment plan, helping to ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life – no matter what type of surgery, if any, is involved. All of our services, from surgery and radiation therapy to chemotherapy and supportive care, are provided in the same location, making the entire process as convenient as possible for our patients. As compared to other centers, our surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists are ultra-specialized in esophageal cancer and all work together as a team – all under the same roof.

For more information about robotic esophageal surgery at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. A physician’s referral is not required to make an appointment.